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Quick Facts on Romeo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 339
RO-mee-o; ro-MAY-o
Simple meaning:
Pilgrim to Rome

Characteristics of Romeo

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Romeo

Romeo is an Italian name derived from a Late Latin religious name “Romaeus” meaning ‘pilgrim to Rome’ (pilgrim to the Holy Roman Catholic Church based in Rome). However, the name is most associated with William Shakespeare’s hero in his 1596 play about two star-crossed, ill-fated lovers, “Romeo and Juliet”. The Bard’s primary source for the play was a poem by Englishman Arthur Brooke, "The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet" said to be a translation of a story by the 16th century Italian writer Matteo Bandello (Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is also based off of one of Bandello’s works). Ultimately, it is believed to have come from the Roman mythological legend of Pyramus and Thisbe in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (also about two lovers from rivaling families). Romeo is therefore a name loaded with sentimental romance and devoted, forbidden love. The name has been occasionally used but mostly considered an exotic choice among English-speaking nations, although it has been experiencing a bit of a revival in the 21st century.

Popularity of the Name Romeo

Romeo has had an interesting journey in terms of usage in the United States. It has appeared on the male naming charts since the late 19th century, but would appear and disappear like a fickle boyfriend. Essentially, the name had zero to low-moderate usage for over 100 years. The latter half of the 20th century could best be summed up with this question: “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” The name was basically hiding in the shadows, barely visible. Enter 1997; the year Romeo saw its single biggest jump up the charts (338 positions in one year). No coincidence, the sudden love affair with Romeo was stimulated by the release of “Romeo + Juliet” in November 1996, an MTV-inspired modernized version of Shakespeare’s play starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Cementing Romeo’s new found fame came in 2002 when ϋber-celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham named their second son Romeo James and then in 2004, Jon Bon Jovi’s son received this dramatic moniker. We don’t need to ask wherefore art thou Romeo anymore. What was once exotic, perhaps even eccentric, is now embraced as an original choice. And we couldn’t be more pleased.
Popularity of the Boy Name Romeo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Romeo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Romeo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Romeo

    Romeo Montague (Romeo and Juliet) Romeo is perhaps one of the most recognized literary figures of all time. He is one of the two central figures in William Shakespeare’s 1596 tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”. The story can best be summed up by the play’s final two lines: “For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo”. Romeo Montague is the teen-aged son of an affluent family involved in a bitter rivalry with the Capulets (Juliet’s peeps). Unfortunately for Romeo, when he lays eyes upon the fair Juliet there’s simply no turning back. The guy is seriously whipped and forgets about his crush on Rosaline in a Verona minute. He’s the typical teenager: emotional, impetuous, lovesick and overly-dramatic. Romeo evens the score for his buddy Mercutio’s death by killing Tybalt and is thus banished from Verona – and Juliet’s domineering parents arrange to have her married to Paris (not knowing she’s already eloped with Romeo). This is a recipe for disaster. Enter the benevolent Friar Laurence who attempts to help the young lovers back together again – a well-intentioned plan with tragic consequences. But then again, their fates were already written in the stars.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Romeo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Romeo

    Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Board Book (Jennifer Adams) - With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Romeo and Juliet Manual: Access to Shakespeare (Jonnie Patricia Mobley) - This manual offers a wealth of instructional tools, including background information on Shakespeare's sources, his life, his theater, and stage directions; suggestions for teaching the play; detailed summaries of every scene; questions and answers for every act; an annotated bibliography; a guide to pronouncing proper names; a Shakespearean time line; and alphabetical glossary of terms. Recommended for ages 13+

    Romeo and Juliet--Together (And Alive!) at Last (Avi) - Pete Saltz, the pudgy poet from S.O.R. Losers, has fallen hard for Anabell Stackpoole, and she likes him, too. But both are much too shy to do anything about it. It's Pete's friend Ed Sitrow to the rescue, as he and other eighth-graders at South Orange River School cook up a scheme to give the budding romance a boost. The school production of Romeo and Juliet stars the bashful pair in the leading roles -- and everybody's waiting for the kissing scenes. What they get is more action than Shakespeare ever imagined, in the funniest, most disastrous...and most romantically successful production ever! Recommended for ages 9-14.

    Romeo and Juliet: Simply Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) - This lyrical tragedy of two star-crossed lovers and their feuding families is one of the world's most famous love stories. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete text of Shakespeare's plays; however, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern translation that followed. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before. Recommended for ages 13+

    Romeo and Lou Blast Off (Derek Anderson) - Romeo the penguin and Lou the bear are what they call polar opposites. But one snowy, blowy day they agree to build a pretend rocket ship made entirely out of snow. Romeo rolled. And Lou pushed. Romeo patted. And Lou smooshed. Fasten your seat belts! When a shooting star passes over the rocket ship, two best friends are carried off to a strange new world. And the real question is: How will they ever get home? Let your imagination blast off with celebrated storyteller Derek Anderson on an unforgettable winter's night journey. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb Series (L. Rifkin) - In this new paperback edition of the award winning, "The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb - Life One", the secret world of cats is revealed in an epic tale of feline civil war where we first meet young Romeo, a stray who finds himself battered between two very different worlds. It's the domestic cats, the Sticks, vs. the street cats, the Alleys, as battle lines are drawn, warriors train for combat and a hero emerges to inspire a nation. Fraught with danger from page one, Romeo loses his family, finds a new home with "his person" 9-year old Dennis Crumb, and is befriended by a wise cat who lives nearby. "Life One" ends with Romeo's first death. But fear not, our hero-in-the-making lives again in "Life Two". Nine books in the series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Romeo and Juliet Code (Phoebe Stone) - Phoebe Stone is back with a middle-grade code-breaking mystery full of romance and excitement. Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won't leave her long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room. But Felicity needs Derek's help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity's parents, and she's sure they're in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents; all while surviving her first crush? It's a tall order, but Felicity's up for the challenge. Recommended for ages 9-13.

    The Young Reader's Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (Adam McKeown) - The latest entry in a successful new series. "Are you Romeo, and a Montague?" / "Neither, fair maid, if either you dislike." / Juliet smiled. This wonderfully contemporary retelling features enticing art on nearly every page and provides an excellent introduction to the story. Written by an outstanding scholar in simple, eloquent language, it will draw youngsters in with superb dialogue, and vivid description. The skillful blending of Shakespeare's own lines with modern language enhances children's involvement and comprehension. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Romeo

    Famous People Named Romeo

    Famous People Named Romeo - Romeo Crennel (football coach); Romeo James Beckham (son of celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham); Lil' Romeo (actor/rapper); Romeo Roselli (wrestler); Roméo Dallaire (French Canadian senator, author and humanitarian)

  • Children of Famous People Named Romeo

    Children of Famous People Named Romeo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Romeo - Victoria Beckham (singer/designer); David Beckham (soccer player); Jon Bon Jovi (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Romeo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Romeo - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Romeo.

Personality of the Boy Name Romeo

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Romeo

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